Liverpool have made a request to Brazil over their players, according to reports. It’s likely to be rejected, however.
This comes from Globo. They say that Liverpool – along with other Premier League clubs – put in a request for Brazil to release their players early.
The Reds have two stars with the Selecao – Alisson & Fabinho – and want them returned before Brazil’s final game of the international break against Uruguay.
Brazil don’t wish to do that, however. They’ll likely reject the request and hold onto the players.
Why have Liverpool made this request?
Liverpool’s next game is against Watford on October 16th. That Brazil game against Uruguay is on October 15th. You can probably see the concern here.
In fact, it’s something Jurgen Klopp pointed out last month.
“It’s only after the international break but anyway, we have a problem when the Brazilians are allowed and I expect them to go to the national team so we have a 12.30 p.m. (BST) kickoff at Watford and I think the game for Brazil is on Friday night or morning at 1.30 a.m (BST),” he said per ESPN.
“Obviously nobody thought about that yet and I know it’s a Liverpool problem, nobody else’s problem so good for Watford.
“But I just don’t know how you can do these kinds of things that nobody reacts to the schedule.”
Klopp isn’t quite right that it’s “nobody else’s problem”. Arsenal, Chelsea, Leeds United, Manchester City and Manchester United all have players away with Brazil over the international break.
So what will happen?
It sounds as though Brazil will just say ‘no’ and that’s that. Liverpool would then need to change their XI against Watford and play without Alisson or Fabinho.
It’s a ridiculous situation, of course, and one that should have been seen coming. Then again, there were problems with Brazil in the last international break, too.
Liverpool eventually got their way with that one, though. It doesn’t sound like that’ll be the case this time around.